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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Actions Prove How Real Something Is To You

 I have written about it in the past, a while ago when I did devotional posts, but many of the concepts of the Bible are over-spiritualized to be exclusive, when they are really just universal concepts that are still true, but they are true in the sense that it happens to everyone that way, like gravity or plant growth.  They can be used to be an analogy for spiritual truths, but the underlying concept is true, regardless.

One of those concepts is referenced in the Bible, when it says, "Faith without works is dead." (James 2:26)

While the author is referencing faith in God and acts that it would produce, it is true for any invisible emotion or quality.  If someone says they love someone, you would expect to see evidence of that displayed in some way.  If someone says they want to get in shape, you would expect to see them exercising or watching their diet.  If someone wants to get a job, you would expect to see them applying.

However, that evidence makes it TRUE, whether or not it is successful.  Let me repeat that in a way I used to put it.  The success of an attempt does not invalidate the TRUTH of the attempt.  If you are trying, you are true, regardless of whether your attempt bears fruit.  Meanwhile, if you are NOT trying, it is ALSO NOT TRUE for you, even if you say that it is or want for it to be true.  Like biblical faith, there would be SOME display of action to accompany the desire, or it is just a theory to you.

So, if you want to be true to your principles and move forward in your life, take action.  You may not succeed, but you will have the peace of knowing you are living true to yourself.

Monday, October 12, 2020

What Do You Have to Lose?

I was reading in an old journal of mine from a long time ago, where I wrote several notes to inspire myself.  One of the concepts from that old journal was something that is more applicable to me this year than it has been in a long time, but it is always true in some fashion.  That is.. when you feel doubtful or afraid to push forward, ask yourself... what do you have to lose?

Now, maybe you do have something to lose.  Maybe you are in a good position, and you should not rock the boat.  This message is not for you.  This is for others that feels rejected, alone, emptied, etc.  When you feel this way, sometimes you fear striking out with a new attempt, and maybe you are just testing the waters with your toes.  That is the wrong way to go, and here is why.

You are ALREADY in a bad situation.  What do you have to lose to go big and try hard?  I mean... you are either going to get it or you will not.  If you don't succeed, you will.. be right where you are, now.  Nothing lost.  However, the attempt make it more likely you will succeed and the bigger the attempt, the greater the chance of success.

In my current situation, I could either sit around the house lamenting my current state, or I can use that SAME TIME to expand my income and integration into my community.  The latter will be more successful to my goals.

What areas of your life do you need to really give it your all?  Maybe, its time you start putting feet to your intentions.

Monday, October 5, 2020

I Don't Believe in Excuses

 I think if anyone has been watching my life over the years, they would have to understand how little I either use or appreciate excuses by myself or anyone else.  Yes, there are obstacles, and I have faced more than my fair share of those over the years.  Sometimes.. often actually.. I did not get to do or have what I wanted to have, and I have had to work extra hard or change directions or even sell things, along the way.

It is what it is, but it is also NOT what you don't attempt.  Or, as the saying goes, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.  My children can attest to how frustrated I get when one of them BEGINS with a complaint without an attempt or when they give up too easily.  Why?  I wouldn't tolerate it in MYSELF, and that attitude will set them up for failure in life.

And, that is how I live my life.  That is why everyone can attest to the fact that when something negative hit my finances or health or whatever, I IMMEDIATELY set to finding alternatives and doing them.  I look for solutions to problems, because I feel it is a waste of time to sit complaining about them without adding ACTIONS to the feelings of discontent.  If you are not acting, you are just ensuring that the condition will get worse and consume MORE of our life.  A SETBACK is understandable.  A CONTINUED SETBACK... well, that is on you.

My current week and for that matter my current summer and fall is a testimony to how I practice what I preach.  A year ago, I would NEVER have guessed that at this point in my life I would be working WAY overtime and struggling to not only pay my bills but RE-ESTABLISH my whole social structure, identity, residence, and future plans.  None of it was my choice, and yes... having my sense of security and identity pulled out from under me did anger me, but that didn't change the fact... I had to start moving FASTER to fix my situation, not slower.

Indeed, the last few weeks has been a microcosm of that truth.  I had to fix my windshield and other auto maintenance in order to start using my new car as a means of income, which was going to be necessary.  However, those expenses was not included in the budget, and I knew I was going to have to work harder to make up for them... and work harder I have.  The last 8 days has been working all day, from before daylight to nearly dark to not run out of money for RENT, before I could get to my next monthly Appen payment on the 14th.  I have worked my normal 20 hours of Appen work, but I have ALSO worked 4-5 hours a day of Ubereats deliveries for 7 days in a row.  At an ave 4.5 hours, that is 31.5 hours.  Add to that about 1.5 hours a day of Mturk/Prolific/Usertesting, or about 10.5 hours more.  Together, it has been a 62 hour work week, and I have three more similar days, ahead of me.

I don't say all of this to brag.  I wish I wasn't doing it, either.  However, what was the alternative?  That is the difference, though.  When I face a difficult situation, I look for how I can adjust or overcome it, compared with many that ignore it coming or just surrender and sing woe is me.

Life isn't fair, but the more that you don't act.. the worse it is going to be.  I don't believe in excuses as to why you do not act.  I believe in adjusting and finding a new path to achieve a new happiness, instead.

Monday, September 28, 2020

You Reap What You Sow (Karma)

 I believe there are certain principles that are universally true, and they are true no matter what religion you are or no religion at all.  The religions cite claim to them in their scriptures, but they are true in ALL faiths and nature.

They say that you reap what you sow, and I believe that is mostly true.  It is the essence of the concept of Karma, and it just makes sense.  If you are nice to someone, they are often nice to you.. or bitter.. or whatever.  However, I didn’t really see until now that it is not an either/or of people but all are affected.  It’s not .. one is good and one bad and the good gets good and bad the bad.  It’s act by act, specific to each and each can get BOTH blessings AND curses.

I was reflecting, today, on my first ex and how things ended.  While it was true I was neglected and ignored and later mistreated in ways, I DID reject her and leave.  Now, I find myself rejected and alone and can’t miss the parallel.

I really got into witchcraft from my last relationship, while I was already spiritual and created a Christian witch overlap, and in that learning I heard witches have a principle that what you do to others comes back in you unless paid, which is the same principle.  This awakening has me realizing that even if you are wronged, you cannot return it without facing penalty, yourself, and I think that’s what Jesus was trying to help us avoid.

As you forge your path ahead, let the past END, unless you want to see it in your future, as well.

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